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Report Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
 
 
 

 

This report addresses aspects such as prices, inventories, markets and Japaneses imports of the species that are detailed in the index.

 

1. ASIA

1.1 Japan

Northern bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus and Thunnus orientalis)
Southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)

Fresh

Prices

The average CIF price of fresh bluefin imported by Japan in August was JPY 1,878/kg, 24% higher than last month and 9% higher than August 2018. During the first eight months, the average was JPY 1,804/kg, up 5% on that of the same period last year.

Table 1: Average price CIF at Japan Customs, in JPY/kg

Origin

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% Variation

Aug/19

Jul/19

Aug/18

Aug/19 Jul/19

Aug/19 Aug/18

Spain

2,902

2,843

2,789

+2%

+4%

Italy

-

-

-

-

-

Malta

-

-

-

-

-

Greece

-

-

-

-

-

Turkey

-

-

-

-

-

USA

2,907

3,754

3,269

-23%

-11%

Mexico

2,144

2,132

2,035

+1%

+5%

Australia (SBFT)

1,496

1,362

1,503

+10%

0%

Source: Japanese Customs/FIS.com

Graph 1: Average customs price of Japanese imports of fresh bluefin, 2015/2019, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs/FIS.com

Markets

In August, about 539 tonnes of fresh bluefin were imported, worth JPY 91,012 million at Japan Customs.

These figures are down 42% in volume and 28% in value on those registered in the previous month. Compared with August 2018, imports they are down 28% in volume and 30% in value.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of fresh bluefin, 2015/2019

Source: Customs/FIS.com

In the period, 4,349 tonnes were imported for JPY 7,899 million, down 9% in volume and 4% more in value than in the same period last year.

Graph 3: Cumulative monthly Japanese imports of fresh northern bluefin, 2015/2019, in tonnes

Source: Japanese Customs/FIS.com

The main supplier of northern bluefin (Thunnus thynnus and/or Thunnus orientalis) was Mexico during the period, with 2,344 tonnes and JPY 4,884 million.

Graph 4: Imports of fresh southern bluefin, accumulated monthly, 2015/2019, in tonnes

Source: Japanese Customs/FIS.com

The main origin of fresh southern bluefin was New Zealand, 773 tons for JPY 1,116 million.

By DGA

www.fis.com


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